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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Burka row MP could face legal row

the Daily Express has reported that Phillip Hollobone MP (Kettering) who is attempting to bring about a Private Member's Bill to ban women wearing the burka or niqab in public (full facial veils), has been warned by the lawyers from 'Liberty' the civil rights campaigning organisation that they are happy to assist any complainant who may wish to bring an action against him for discrimination.

The MP has said that he will not meet with any of his constituents that is wearing a full face veil. If a person refuses to remove the veil he will ask them to contact him by an alternative method such as email or letter.

James Welch, Legal Director for Liberty, said: "We have written to Mr Hollobone to advise him of the law as enacted by Parliament and feel confident that no well-advised Honourable Member would seek to breach it by meeting with constituents on a discriminatory basis."

I agree with Mr Hollobone's sentiments in that I would not be prepared to hold a face to face discussion with anyone who chooses to have 95% of their face covered, showing only their eyes. I believe that the stance taken by 'Liberty' to be totally ridiculous. Perhaps they might to write to me as well!

Read the full article here : Burka row MP could face legal row

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